Florida's Minimum Wage Increases

Starting January 1, 2015 the Florida state minimum wage will increase to $8.05 per hour, effective for the year 2015.  Florida law requires the Agency for Workforce Innovation to calculate an adjusted minimum wage rate each year.

On November 2, 2004, Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment which created Florida’s minimum wage. The minimum wage applies to all employees in the state who are covered by the federal minimum  wage.

Employers must pay their employees the hourly state minimum wage for all hours worked in Florida. The definitions of "employer", "employee", and "wage" for state purposes are the same as those established under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Employers of "tipped employees" who meet eligibility requirements for the tip credit under the FLSA, may count tips actually received as wages under the Florida minimum wage. However, the employer must pay "tipped employees" a direct wage. The direct wage is calculated as equal to the minimum wage ($8.05) minus the 2003 tip credit ($3.02), or a direct hourly wage of $5.03 as of 2015.

Florida Statutes require employers who must pay their employees the Florida minimum wage to post a minimum wage notice in a conspicuous and accessible place in each establishment where these employees work. This poster requirement is in addition to the federal requirement to post a notice of the federal minimum wage. Businesses should remember to update their labor posters to reflect changes.

(Source: myflorida.com/dor, www.dol.gov, floridajobs.org)